About Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is an award-winning all platform journalist with a passion for attracting young audiences to hard news. Over 67,000 people mostly between the ages of 13 and 35 years old are supporters of her Sarah Jones Reports twitter, myspace or facebook pages. She was selected as one of the top 20 North American Young Leaders by Friends of Europe (EYL40). She's a 2018 International Women's Foundation Fellow. On International Women's Day 2018 in the Hague the Women Economic Forum awarded Sarah its highest honor The "Women of the Decade" in News and Social Engagement. In 2017, the European Center for Security Studies invited her to present on Strategizing Social Technologies to an audience of senior level Kazakh government officials. The previous year she was selected as one of the top one thousand most influential Twitter profiles from across the worlds of marketing, advertising, digital and media by The Drum, IBM's Watson and Twitter. That same year per CENTCOM request Sarah spoke about the impact of social media on war to an audience of 120 mid to senior level military planners mainly from - US CENTCOM and its subordinate commands; as well as participants representing Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. She obtained her Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid Training Certification from Pangolin Group (HEFAT 2016, valid for three years ). In 2015, Sarah received an honorable mention from the Moscow International Foto Awards for photos she took while reporting in Manila on health and sanitation as a 2015 International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellow. In 2014 Sarah was named Best Journalist in Social Media by Muck Rack at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards. That same year Sarah was one of ten international journalists chosen by the International Reporting Project to report on health in Mozambique as an IRP New Media Fellow. Sarah is also behind the annual international moment of silence and online event to help remember fallen journalists on May 3rd with support of Plus Social Good, the Committee to Protect Journalists, MuckRack and others. #Remembering Fallen Journalists reached over 9 million people via social media in its first year. For four consecutive years (2015-2018) Sarah has been a delegate at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University and has been part of the judging panel for Online Media Awards (OMA's). She is a member of Chatham House, the Frontline Freelance Register, the National Press Club, the Chartered Institute for Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Sarah Jones is a native English speaker and can communicate in Arabic at an upper intermediate level in both Modern Standard and Colloquial forms of the language.
Sarah Jones is currently a US based reporter in the Midwest with a large market size NBC Affiliate station. She appears on-air five days a week for WTHR/Channel 13 Eyewitness News in Indianapolis and is a "one-man-band," who shoots, writes, edits, and produces her own reports. In 2018, she was one of six journalists selected by the International Women's Media Foundation to report from South Sudan as IWMF Great Lakes Fellows. Prior to deciding to move back to the States in 2017, Sarah was based in Turkey for two years working for TRT World as a full time On-air Reporter. Before moving to Turkey in 2015 Sarah was based in New York City. She moved to New York in May 2013 for a full-time news-gathering position at Al Jazeera America's headquarters. After nearly two years with the 24 hour news network Sarah Jones left her position as a deputy news editor to pursue a fellowship with the International Reporting Project where she was given the opportunity to report on health and development from the country of her choice. Sarah choose the Philippines.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, Sarah Jones was freelancing as an International Assignment Editor for CNN at its headquarters in Atlanta; as an online and print journalist for Gulf News (Dubai); and as an online journalist for ITN’s Channel 4 (UK). In January 2013, while still freelancing within mainstream media, Sarah Jones launched P.S. BEARING WITNESS. Public Servants Bearing witness was a monthly publication focused on under reported news from around the world. Although Sarah had to cease publication of PS Bearing Witness due to company policy shortly after launching she continues to apply the projects founding principles to her journalism: "if someone in the world has encountered a situation that affects others it's our job as journalists to bear witness and report all sides of the story."
In September of 2011 Sarah Jones moved to CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for a freelance news-gathering position. As an International Desk Assignment Editor, Sarah was responsible for breaking news as well as the coordination and facilitation of editorial, logistical and technical details essential to news-gathering outside of the US. In her free time Sarah contributed to CNN's output of under reported news whether it was American Soldiers dying of Opiate Use in Afghanistan or China launching an online Marriage Registration in an effort to help fight Bigamy.
Prior to moving to Georgia, Sarah Jones was working for ITN News' bureau in the United States while continuing her freelance work with CNN's DC bureau. Her responsibilities while at ITN’s DC Bureau included pitching and providing interviewees; ingesting, recording and sending recorded material; monitoring breaking news; researching and monitoring longer investigative stories and monitoring feeds. As an ITN Channel 4 News freelance journalist Sarah’s investigative report regarding US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan was one of the most read articles several consecutive days: US troops were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with an untreatable and incurable lung disease but were being dismissed as out of shape because their lung function tests appear normal.
Since joining CNN as a freelancer in June 2010 Sarah has provided tips for breaking news, shared rarely obtained footage she received from Sarah Jones Reports supporters, provided briefs for senior correspondents, originated and found all the interviewees for an investigative story at the request of the Special Investigations Unit and was assigned to take stills at various events - several of which qualified for the "Best of CNN Photos."
On May 5th 2011, a story which Sarah pitched and wrote based on her profile interview with the former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan was published by Gulf News which is part of one of the largest media groups in the Gulf region. In February Sarah freelanced on location as part of five person team for all DC based filming of the documentary "9/11: The Day That Changed the World" which aired on September 11th, 2011. While in the Nation's Capital she also produced packages for Kuwait's English Language Channel, KTV2, as an On-Air Freelance International Correspondent.
Prior to moving to Washington DC, Sarah worked across all platforms within BBC World Service as part of its News planning team for the BBC's oldest and largest non-English Service. Within BBC Arabic her individual responsibilities were as follows: originating, commissioning and producing news stories and features, suggesting a line of interview questions for correspondents, writing briefs for reporters, following and amending information for ongoing stories, producing the weekly diary which is discussed during planning meetings, attending editorial meetings, attending pre-planning meetings, working on the daily, booking and coordinating any high profile interviews across all programming (not just news) and corresponding with reporters, and crew.
In the Fall of 2009, Sarah completed her Masters with Merit in International Broadcast Journalism from City University in London. In the summer of 2009, she produced a multimedia documentary about the US AIDs epidemic. While attending City University, Ms. Jones launched a blog featuring under reported news. Although she has had to cease working on the blog due to company policy at the BBC, No Camera No Intervention attracted a worldwide audience.
Prior to attending school in London, Sarah was invited to and successfully completed TOLs foreign correspondent course in the Czech Republic. She received her B.A. in Communications from Lake Forest College (LFC) in 2008. That same year, while completing her degree, Ms. Jones was also the associate producer of a biweekly news feature at ABC7 News Chicago. Her responsibilities for Someone You Should Know included researching and finding feature focuses, setting up and aiding in onsite interviews, in-studio airtime programming, and assisting in script-writing and editing. While working in a large market newsroom, Sarah continued writing for her weekly college newspaper, The Stentor. As founder and president of an on campus group combating global poverty, Sarah was able to see LFC's ONE group reach well over a hundred members.
Since 2006, Sarah Jones has participated in, organized and hosted numerous successful global poverty and humanitarian campaigns and fundraisers. In 2007/2008 Sarah successfully urged the state of Illinois to sign a proclamation declaring it a state committed to combating global poverty. Ms. Jones was recognized as one of the top 100 global poverty activists (Washington D.C., Power 100, 2008). Through activism, and unique life experiences, she has had the honor of posing general, and sometimes controversial, questions to several public officials including: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Foreign Council on Foreign Relations Gene Sperling and Public Health Specialist of the Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa for the World Bank, Suprotik Basu.
After two years of research at 14 years of age Sarah wrote a magazine about the most prevalent form of cancer among her age group at the time. Cancer Awareness Magazine (CAM for Kids) was aimed to provide awareness and information about Leukemia for young people. It was reviewed by Cleveland Clinic Foundations (CCF) Pediatric Oncology Department for medical content. After Dr. Michael Levin, CCFs Head of Pediatric Oncology, reviewed the publication, it was published by the American Cancer Society. The following institutions accepted Sarah Jones request to distribute CAM for Kids: The American Cancer Society, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, John Hopkins University Hospital, and Mt. Sinai Hospital (New York).
As an only child of a 19th century English Literature Professor and International Businessman, Sarah had the fortune of traveling internationally, fueling a deep appreciation and understanding for a vast array of cultures and traditions. As a member of the United States Fencing Association Ohio and On Target Fencing team, Sarah Jones qualified for the 2001 Junior Olympic Fencing Championship. She holds a red belt in Tae Kwon Do and has won silver medals in both sparing and form while competing in the Chun Ma Tae Kwon Do Academy Intramural Tournament. Sarah has also competed in track, kickboxing and basketball.